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I tried to import a camera from an external .blend file via "link" and "append" but in both cases, nothing happens.

So how do I import a camera with all its settings into another blend file?

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You should append the camera from the "Object" Data-Block, not the "Camera" Data-Block.

Shift+F1 to append, select the .blend file and go to the Object Data-Block and select the camera. Then hit "Append from Library".

Append camera

Update

When you append from the "Camera" Data-Block, you are appending the Camera's settings, not the Camera object itself.

Append camera settings

But when you append from the "Object" Data-Block, you'll be appending the camera itself (the object), including it's settings.

Append camera object

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  • $\begingroup$ can you explain why you shouldn't append from the ''camera'' directory? $\endgroup$ – Delagone Jan 10 '17 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Delagone The camera directory contains the settings of the camera, not the camera object itself. $\endgroup$ – Kidus Jan 10 '17 at 12:05
  • $\begingroup$ You've just opened up a couple more questions :) Could you elaborate on this in your answer? What settings would be appended and what will not? I think this would be useful to a lot of users. $\endgroup$ – Delagone Jan 10 '17 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ updated the answer $\endgroup$ – Kidus Jan 10 '17 at 12:56

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